Africa: ASKY/Ethiopian Airlines inaugural flight to Johannesburg from Lagos heralded with Water canon Salute.
Today Ethiopian Airlines introduced its code share flight with ASKY to South Africa making it the only None South African Airline on the route between Nigeria and South Africa. It was welcomed with Water Canon Salute and received by Staff of ASKY and Ethiopian Airlines. The Airport Community also joined in the reception.
The Flight was Operated with an ASKY B737-700 commanded by Captain Dawit Muluneh. It left Lagos for Johannesburg by 1645pm.
The GM of Ethiopian Airlines in Nigeria Mrs. Firihiewot Mekonnen at the inaugural ceremony told the media at the Muritala Mohammed International Airport that ASKY is the Operating Airline while ET is the Marketing Airline.”
Nigeria is one of our biggest markets where we bring the best of our Aircrafts and we always strive to give our Best to Nigerians. As part of this motive we found out a lot of Nigerians travel to South Africa so we decided to help improve the Connectivity for the passengers. We have also availed many promotional fares so we invite Nigerians to use the best deals to Johannesburg “. The inaugural flight had a 70% load factor.
The flights are Daily from Lagos to Johannesburg. Some days the flights go through Libreville on other days it will go through Douala.
Firihiewot who spoke on the inaugural flight said: “Normally Ethiopian airlines and Asky are partners, and this flight is a codeshare flight. This fight is going to Johannesburg via Libreville and some other days it will go through Doula. So that means every day we are going to have a flight from Lagos to Johannesburg with one stop over.”
On his part captain Dawit Muluneh said the airline was glad to have commenced the flight operation to South Africa:
He said: “We are very happy that we started this flight, this is a new destination and it is new expansion for Asky Airlines so we are very glad that we are making this flight.”